Striptease (1996) HD ENG " Erin Grant (Demi Moore)

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Striptease is a 1996 American erotic black comedy film directed, co-produced and written by Andrew Bergman, and starring Demi Moore, Armand Assante, Ving Rhames, Robert Patrick and Burt Reynolds. Based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name, the film centers on an FBI secretary-turned-stripper who becomes involved in both a child-custody dispute and corrupt politics.

Striptease was released theatrically on June 28, 1996, by Columbia Pictures. It was universally panned by critics, and has come to be evaluated as one of the worst movies ever made. It won several Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture. Although it underperformed at the North American box office, the film still managed to be a moderate financial success overseas, with worldwide gross of $113 million against its $50 million budget. Nevertheless, it was widely considered a failure mostly because of its under-performance domestically and failing to meet expectations. Moore was paid a then-unprecedented $12.5 million to star in the film, making her the highest paid actress in film history. The subsequent debacle of the film as well as contempt of her performance marked a massive downturn in her career.

Plot
Former FBI secretary Erin Grant (Demi Moore) loses custody of her young daughter Angela (Rumer Willis) to her ex-husband Darrell (Robert Patrick), a criminal who cost Erin her job. To afford an appeal to get her daughter back, Erin becomes a stripper at the Eager Beaver, a strip club in Miami.

A Congressman named David Dilbeck (Burt Reynolds) visits the club and becomes infatuated with Erin. Aware of Dilbeck's embarrassing indulgences, another Eager Beaver patron approaches Erin with a plan to manipulate the congressman to settle the custody battle and help her get Angela back. However, Dilbeck has powerful business connections who want to ensure he remains in office. Consequently, those who can embarrass him in an election are murdered. Meanwhile, Erin retrieves her daughter from Darrell's negligent care.

Dilbeck's personal interest in Erin persists, and she is invited to perform privately for him. He asks her to become his lover and later his wife, despite his staff's concerns that she knows too much. A debate occurs as to whether to kill Erin or simply keep her quiet by threatening to take away her daughter. However, Erin and a police officer Al Garcia (Armand Assante) begin to suspect the congressman's guilt in the murders, and Erin concocts a plan to bring the congressman to justice. She tricks him into confessing on tape, and he is soon after arrested. Thus, Erin regains full custody of Angela, quits stripping and gets back her job in the FBI. Darrell returns to prison after he is convicted of his crimes.
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